Just before Christmas in 2017 I had a little experiment taking a sample from the intro of Average White Band’s ‘Pick up the pieces’ and cutting it up into audio slices which I replayed over pads to get a bit of a jam going. It sounded great (but a bit rough). Using that as a template I edited together a live bassline from various bass solos into something that slammed against the groove and sampled horn stabs. All of this was getting exciting (at which point I posted a short sample on soundcloud) but felt that it needed something more and Dave Shorland was the perfect candidate to deliver a stunner of an alto sax topline.
At this stage I had a great collection of parts and started the hunt for vocals. Finding anything like ‘100 Percent’ was going to be a bit unlikely but what in isolation sounded a bit tongue-in-cheek, sounded great in context with a selection of spoken parts from Roland Clark really hitting the mark. With Dave’s sax parts, the crude cut-ups didn’t feel necessary anymore so were ditched and replaced with some background rhythm guitars and pushed back Rhodes parts to keep things musical and soulful.
All that was left to do was the arrangement which took a very focussed day with the phone switched off and the internet disconnected to complete.
Premasters packed and sent to Mike Millrain returned sounding just the way I’d hoped for, sounding tight, but still a bit ‘open’. The effect I wanted was when you initially lay sounds down in a studio and they’re a bit raw but somehow more powerful. Just for the fun of it, I opened the track with audio of me fumbling plugging in a bass guitar in case you’re wondering what’s going on with that !
Public release date is yet to be confirmed